to expect people to know...

(38 Posts)
cheeseandchive Sat 02-Mar-13 12:53:32

that referencing Wikipedia is NOT ok at university level?!

<slams head on desk repeatedly>

Lifeisontheup Sat 02-Mar-13 13:43:00

I'm in the first year of an OU degree and we're told never to use Wikipedia as a reference although we can use it as a springboard to find other references.

I'm not entirely surprised though given the number of people who seem to believe that an article in a newspaper is fact and totally proves their point.

LondonInHighHeeledBoots Sat 02-Mar-13 14:40:15

We had lecturers who used to ref Wiki at uni, if they are going to, so am I (no, I'm not its terrible science but ffs! Chemistry Masters' lecturers)

I do use it as a journal finder though.

Grumpla Sat 02-Mar-13 14:45:08

Haha Westie 's DH has the right idea there!

cheeseandchive Sat 02-Mar-13 14:52:41

Blimey, London, at Masters level!?!

Yeah, tempted to follow Westie's DH's lead!

Familyguyfan Sat 02-Mar-13 14:59:10

It is one of the things I hate the most. It's lazy and unreliable and yet students do it year after year. Use a book!!!

MissMogwi Sat 02-Mar-13 15:05:34

I'm a third year student and I would be amazed at anyone referencing Wiki at this point!

We were told in first year it is not an acceptable source, so anyone using it three years down the line is desperate and/or just can't be arsed.

There are loads of online databases which are listed on the university website, so there's no excuse.

MrsLouisTheroux Sat 02-Mar-13 15:16:33

Hmm, a bit like me reading Brodies notes instead of actual book for Eng. Lit. exam? Ok, I get your point! grin

cheeseandchive Sat 02-Mar-13 15:44:00

I don't mind what people do for their own exams, MrsLouis, it's when it's group work that is pees me off! Why should I be down-graded just because someone else CBA and I can't make them.

wine very much needed

MissMogwi Sat 02-Mar-13 15:44:54

Arrgh, I hate group marking. Recipe for rage IMO. grin

Still18atheart Sat 02-Mar-13 15:46:44

Third year student who has never referenced wikipedia only to have a lecturer to have copied and pasted his entire lecture from that website of the devil

livinginwonderland Sat 02-Mar-13 15:49:03

yanbu. i haven't been allowed to use wikipedia for research or school work since i was about thirteen, so first year of upper/high school.

TheFallenNinja Sat 02-Mar-13 16:12:11

Also. Typing words into google isn't "research"

MiaowTheCat Sat 02-Mar-13 18:19:14

I've fought the fight with primary kids that "research" is NOT just printing every single thing that comes up on a Google search (including Wiki) that you don't have a clue what it's saying at all, sticking a wordart cover on it and shoving it all in a folder. Unfortunately lots of colleagues have been impressed by a shiny cover and thick wedge of paper so the good work gets shot down in flames over time.

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